British Open Day One

It's the opening day at Carnoustie where the fairways are brown and the ball is running for miles

John O'Sullivan, Johnny Watterson Thu, Jul 19
 
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  • 08:42
    Hello and welcome to the Irish Times blog of the British Open from Carnoustie. Conditions are perfect, not a breath of wind, a warm morning and temperatures of about 16 degrees at the moment.  
  • 08:46
    Two Irish players have started their respective rounds, Paul Dunne (level) is through four holes, a bogey on the first was offset by a birdie on the second hole. Shane Lowry (+1) has also played four holes, his dropped shot coming at the second hole.    
  • 08:49

    They're all chasing South African Erik van Rooyen (-3) who has amassed three birdies in his first eight holes. He demonstrated his aptitude for playing links golf with his performance at the Irish Open over the Glashedy course at Ballyliffin a couple of weeks ago.


    He led by four shots going into the final round before a collapse saw him passed by the eventual winner Scotland's Russell Knox, who edged out New Zealander Ryan Fox in a playoff.    

  • 08:52

    Here are today's tee times.  

     

    British Open first round tee-times:

    0635 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Sandy Lyle, Andy Sullivan
    0646 Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa), Brady Schnell (USA), Matthew Southgate
    0657 Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Luke List (USA)
    0708 Danthai Boonma (Tha), Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Shaun Norris (Rsa)
    0719 Kevin Chappell (USA), Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell
    0730  Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Austin Cook (USA)
    0741 Patrick Cantlay (USA), Tyrrell Hatton,  Shane Lowry
    0752 Thomas Pieters (Bel), Kevin Kisner (USA), Marcus Kinhult (Swe)
    0803 Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), Phil Mickelson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Esp)
    0814 Brian Harman (USA), Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Andrew Landry (USA)
    0825 Si Woo Kim (Kor), Webb Simpson (USA), Nicolai Hojgaard (a) (Den)
    0836 Stewart Cink (USA), Brandon Stone (Rsa), Hideto Tanihara (Jpn)
    0847 Gary Woodland (USA), Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Sung Kang (Kor)
    0903 Adam Hadwin (Can), Ernie Els (Rsa), Chesson Hadley (USA)
    0914 Pat Perez (USA), Julian Suri (USA), George Coetzee (Rsa)
    0925 David Duval (USA), Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na (USA)
    0936 Bernhard Langer (Ger),  Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen (Rsa)


    0947 Matt Kuchar (USA), Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Peter Uihlein (USA)

    0958 Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth (USA), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)
    1009 Rickie Fowler (USA), Jon Rahm (Esp), Chris Wood
    1020 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Paul Casey, Patrick Reed (USA)
    1031 Xander Schauffele (USA), Tony Finau (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (Ven)
    1042 Yuxin Lin (a) (Chn), Alexander Bjork (Swe), Sang Hyun Park (Kor)
    1053 James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus (Isl), Zander Lombard (Rsa)
    1104 Kodai Ichihara (Jpn), Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage
    1115 Gavin Green (Mal), Sean Crocker (USA), Ash Turner
    1136 Sam Locke (a), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Cameron Davis (Aus)
    1147 Patton Kizzire (USA), Jonas Blixt (Swe), Charles Howell III (USA)
    1158 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Daniel Berger (USA), Tom Lewis
    1209 Ryan Moore (USA), Alexander Levy (Fra), Byeong-Hun An (Kor)
    1220 Michael Hendry (Nzl), Kelly Kraft (USA), Lee Westwood
    1231 Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson (Swe), Jimmy Walker (USA)
    1242 Russell Henley (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick, (a) Jovan Rebula (Rsa)
    1253  Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman (Aus), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)
    1304 Alex Noren (Swe), Dustin Johnson (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA)
    1315 Zach Johnson (USA), Adam Scott (Aus), Brendan Steele (USA)
    1326 Justin Thomas (USA), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Branden Grace (Rsa)
    1337 Jason Day (Aus), Shota Akiyoshi (Jpn), Haotong Li (Chn)
    1348 Beau Hossler (USA), Todd Hamilton (USA), Jorge Campillo (Esp)
    1404 Chez Reavie (USA), Ryuko Tokimatsu (Jpn), Michael Kim (USA)
    1415 Kyle Stanley (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Jens Dantorp (Swe)
    1426 Dylan Frittelli (Rsa), Tom Lehman (USA), Grant Forrest
    1437 Lucas Herbert (Aus), Jason Kokrak (USA), Min Chel Choi (Kor)
    1448  Pádraig Harrington, Matt Wallace, Bubba Watson (USA)
    1459 Cameron Smith (Aus), Brooks Koepka (USA), Ian Poulter
    1510 Sergio Garcia (Esp), Shubhankar Sharma (Ind), Bryson DeChambeau (USA)
    1521 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Russell Knox, Tiger Woods (USA)
    1532 Jason Dufner (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA), Ryan Fox (Nzl)
    1543 Abraham Ancer (Mex), Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn), Ryan Armour (USA)
    1554 Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Fabrizio Zanotti (Pry), Jordan Smith
    1605 Masanori Kobayashi (Jpn), Jack Senior, Brett Rumford (Aus)
    1616 Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon (USA), Matt Jones (Aus)

     

  • 08:53
    2016 US Masters champion Danny Willett (-2) has made a good start after an opening bogey.    
  • 08:55
  • 08:57
    The defending champion, Jordan Spieth is off just before 10.am in the company of Justin Rose and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.  
  • 08:59
    The leader, van Rooyen's (-3) average drviving distance through the first eight holes is 334 yards, illustrating the firm and fiery, fairways; that's an early bit of alliteration for the blog.      
  • 09:00
    Phil Mickelson (-1) birdies the fourth.  
  • 09:03
    Lowry (+2) drops another shot on the fifth. He's hit 80 per cent of fairways and greens but 11 putts so far offers an indication of where the immediate issue lies.  
  • 09:06
    The forecast is for the wind to appear about midday, 15 miles an hour so the morning starters are set to have the better of the conditions.    
  • 09:06
  • 09:08
    Have a look at Sandy Lyle's putter and you'll laugh at this. Anchors it to his left arm, his elbow really.  
  • 09:08
  • 09:10
    Great picture from Mark Calcavecchia's wife and caddie. Fair point.    
  • 09:10
  • 09:12
    Van Rooyen (-3) takes 33 shots to the turn and has a one stroke lead over Willett (-2).
  • 09:12
  • 09:16
    It seems that late/early draw gets the rougher conditions as they'll have a wind today and rain tomorrow morning.  
  • 09:30

    Matthew Southgate (-2) birdies the 10th. You might remember his emotional response in the 2016 Irish Open at the K Club, the year Rory McIlroy won. He had won a battle with cancer and saved his European Tour card. He won €200,000 euro and there were tears when he holed a brilliant putt on the home green to finish.


    He was given a present of membership of Carnoustie on his 16th birthday so the Essex boy knows his way around the links here.  


       

  • 09:31
    Kevin Kisner (-1) responds to a dropped shot on the fifth with an eagle on the sixth, holing from 50-feet and off the green.  
  • 09:32
    Leader, van Rooyen (-4) birdies the 11th as does Southgate (-3) and the latter is joined in second place by Willett (-3).  
  • 09:33
  • 09:34
    Dunne (level) is through seven holes while Lowry (+2) can't avail of a birdie chance at the par five, sixth.  
  • 09:36
    Mickelson (-1) in the shin high stuff by the green on six, gets the ball onto the green but it scuttles another 35-feet. No control possible there.  
  • 09:39
  • 09:41
    England's Tyrrell Hatton (+4) was many people's tip to do well this week, predicated on form and the fact that he won the Dunhill Links in 2016 and 2017 during which he's compiled some excellent rounds at Carnoustie. He is currently last of the player's on the course. He'll have to go some to rescue this round.  
  • 09:47
    Now people in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones but someone needs to get onto the R&A and tell them that the official scoring site needs a reboot. They have Carnoustie down as a par, 70; it's 71. They have the sixth as a par four, it's a par five. I won't bore you with any more details but it's not good.  
  • 09:50
    The card of the course on the official site is from another golf course. It's certainly not Carnoustie. In fact it's Birkdale. Wow.  
  • 09:52
    Lowry (+1) may have birdied the eighth at Carnoustie. He certainly would have if he was playing Birkdale which is what's is listed on the official site. I wonder how long it will be before someone notices.  
  • 09:54
    Phil Mickelson would be three over at Birkdale but fortunately he's playing Carnoustie so he's level par for his round.  
  • 09:59
    Speaking of bizarre. Jhonattan Vegas only arrived at Carnoustie a little over an hour ago after encountering visa problems flying in from Toronto. He did so   without his clubs and Mizuno have cobbled together a set that he's never seen, never mind played with. In fact warming up on the range his caddie was busy removing the cardboard from his new bag.    
  • 10:02
    Van Rooyen (-4) still leads. Southgate (-1) has bogeyed 12 and 13. Willett (-3) is in second and Martin Kaymer, Kevin Chappel and Kevin KIsner are among a group of six players on two under.    
  • 10:02
  • 10:02
    Spieth and Rose have just teed off. I'd give you a link to the official leaderboard but it'd be a waste of time at the moment.  
  • 10:06
    Dunne (+1) turns in 37 shots after a bogey on nine, his second of the round to go with a birdie on the second. Lowry (+1) is on the same mark after eight holes.  
  • 10:08
    Right it appears that the official site hasn't updated the card of the course from last year's British Open at Birkdakle and so every red and blue figure is incorrect because it's based on the Birkdale card. Someone's going to get a rollicking.    
  • 10:09
  • 10:11
    On cue. The site has corrected the issue. Willett (-4) moves into a share of the lead with a birdie on 13.  
  • 10:11
  • 10:12
    Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Chris Wood are walking down the first fairway.  
  • 10:14
    Defending champion, Spieth makes a par at the first while playing partner Aphibarnrat (-1) rolls in a birdie putt.  
  • 10:15
    Southgate (-3) has played two par fives and eagled both, the latest, at the 14th. Talk about local knowledge.  
  • 10:17
    Van Rooyen (-4) misses an eight foot putt for birdie on the 14th.  
  • 10:19
  • 10:21
    Darren Clarke (+3) the 2011 British Open champion at Royal St George Golf Club has double bogeyed the second and bogeyed the third hole.    
  • 10:21
  • 10:22
    Spieth (level) gets a member's bounce with his second shot to the second and will have about nine feet for birdie.  
  • 10:26
    Match 21, Oosthuizen, Reed and casey under way. Rory McIlroy tees off just before 1.0pm and Padraig Harrington at 2.48pm.  
  • 10:26
  • 10:27
    Lowry (+3) runs up a double bogey at the 10th.  
  • 10:31
    Spieth (-1) drains his birdie putt at the secona the champion golfer from 2017 hits red figures early.  
  • 10:31
  • 10:33
    Rose (level) has just hit a nine iron to lay up short of the ditch at the 350 yard, par four, third hole.  
  • 10:37
    Van Rooyen (-5) with his fifth birdie on the 15th. It's been a flawless effort in scoring terms from the South African so far.  He is leading on his own one clear of Willett (-4).  
  • 10:40

    The last player to go back to back in terms of wins at the British Open is Dublin's finest, Padraig Harrington at Carnoustie and Birkdale. Spieth (-1) has made a bright start to his defence of the title he won last year at Birkdale.


    I wonder.......Carnoustie/Birkdale for Harrington. Birkdale/Carnoustie for Spieth?  

  • 10:41
  • 10:44
    Paul Dunne (level) with a birdie three on the 12th. Two birdies, two bogeys for the Greystones golfer.  
  • 10:45
    Watching the golf it'd be interesting if the fairways underwent the Stimpmeter test. Reckon they would be faster than the greens.  
  • 10:47

    IRISH LEADERBOARD


    Level Dunne (12)


    +3 Lowry (11)


    +4 Clarke (4)

  • 10:49
    Rahm (level) has just driven the green on the third; coaxed it 352 yards to about 15-feet.  
  • 10:52
    South African Brandon Stone (-3), the man who missed a birdie putt on the home green for a 59 in the final round of the Scottish Open last Sunday. He's three under and two back after eight holes. He's alongside a couple of Americans in Chesson Hadley (7) and Kevin Chappell (14).      
  • 10:57
    Rickie Fowler (-1) gets his challenge up and running at the third with a birdie. Rahm (-1) with a tap-in birdie.Spieth (-1) in to about seven feet for birdie at the fourth. The pre-tournament favourites are beginning to purr.  
  • 11:01
    Spieth (-2): Par, birdie, par, birdie. Fasty start for the defending champion.  
  • 11:02
  • 11:02
  • 11:03
    STAT ALERT: Each of the last 19 British Open champions have been within five shots of the leader after the first round.  
  • 11:04
    Van Rooyen (-5) finds a fairway bunker with his tee shot on the 18th. Five birdies, 12 pars. Is he about to drop his first shot at the final hole?
  • 11:05
    Rahm (-1) takes a drop after going into a lateral water hazard on the fourth.    
  • 11:10
    Leader van Rooyen (-5) splashes out of the fairway bunker on the 18th. he'd take a bogey five from here.    
  • 11:10
  • 11:12
    Rahm (level) makes a bogey after his penalty drop. Rollercoaster couple of holes for the Spaniard.  
  • 11:14
    Willett (-3) catches a greenside trap on the 17th, almost holes his bunker shot but then misses his par putt from four feet.  
  • 11:17
    Van Rooyen (-4) misses the green with his third shot, watches his putt pull up four feet short but then holes out for bogey. It is his first dropped shot of the day at the final hole. The South African who led the Irish Open at Ballyliffin by four shots going into the final round opens at Carnoustie with a 67.  
  • 11:21
  • 11:23

    IRISH LEADERBOARD


    Level Dunne (15)


    +3 Lowry (14), Clarke (6)  



  • 11:25
    Van Rooyen (67). "The greens are rolling really, really well; about 10 (on the Stimpmeter). I took a lot of positives from (the Irish Open)."    
  • 11:26
    Rahm (-1) birdies the fifth. Opens with a couple of pars, drives the par four, third, bogeys the fourth after catching a hazard and taking a penalty shot and bounces back with a birdie.  
  • 11:30
    Kisner (-4) birdies the par five, 14th to join van Rooyen (67) at the top of the leaderboard. Willett (69) finishes bogey, bogey.  
  • 11:31
  • 11:33
    Matthew Southgate (69), two eagles, two birdies, four bogeys. A decent start for the Essex born, Carnoustie member.  
  • 11:35
    Spieth (-2) rolls in a 10-foot par putt. Momentum is key and that was a huge save for the defending champion.  
  • 11:38
    Rose (-1) misses a tiddler for birdie at the sixth and glares into the crowd.  
  • 11:38
  • 11:39
    Fowler (level) bogeys the fifth and catches a bunker from his tee shot at the sixth.  
  • 11:39
  • 11:42
    NEW LEADER: Kisner (-5) makes a third birdie in a row at the 15th to move one clear of van Rooyen (67).
  • 11:48
    Rahm (-2) makes a birdie at the sixth.  
  • 11:55

    One of the difficulties facing the players as described  by Patrick Reed of the 16th hole in practice, “I hit my first 6-iron onto the green and it landed 20 yards (short) and rolled up and just barely stopped short of the ridge in the middle of the green and rolled back down to the front.


    "I was like, ‘oh, okay’, so I just dropped (another) ball in the tee box and literally chipped it, hit it maybe 70 percent, and landed it about 100 yards short of the green and it got three yards past the flag. It went 40 yards farther than a stock 6-iron!”

  • 11:58
    Rose (level) drops a shot at the seventh, Chappell (70), finishes on one under.  
  • 11:59
    RORY McILROY WARNING: ONE HOUR UNTIL HE TEES OFF.
  • 12:00
    Spieth (-2) putts around a bunker face on the eighth. Wonderful touch. If he lost his nerve on that putt, he could have dropped into the bunker or raced it 10 feet past. Tap-in for par.  
  • 12:00
    Paul Dunne (level) is playing the last.  
  • 12:02
    Okay I'm off to jump the queue for the carvery. Johnny Watterson is a plus five blogger and he's taking over for the next three hours.  
  • 12:03
  • 12:06
    Just following on from the McIlroy warning for 12.53. Here's a Harrington warning. He's out at 2.48 and playing with Bubba Watson and England's Matt Wallace.
  • 12:10
    There are 25 players in minus figures, Kisner still,leading on -5, Van Rooyen on -4, Stone, Cantlay and Miyazato all on -3. No real marquee names on the first page just yet.
  • 12:13
    Kisner out of the rough at the par 4, 17 leaves his approach short and in the bunker. Difficult pitch out here and he leaves it short again. He needs a good putt from 12 feet for par.
  • 12:16
    Tony Finau on the par 5 sixth makes birdie. He had visa issues and when he got to Scotland his clubs did not. The manufacturers had to make him a new set - as they do for professionals. He's -2.
  • 12:18
    Leader Kisner (-5) makes a great putt on 17 to hold it all together. Just the 18th for him to make it in as club house leader.
    Rose makes a 4-footer on nine to turn in level par, five benind Kisner.
  • 12:20
    Breeze up at Carnoustie to 15 mph. Will it become Carnastie?
  • 12:21
    There is now 100 yards difference in playing conditions into the wind. Links golf.
  • 12:24
    Greystones player Paul Dunne has finished his round on level par. He is currently T25. There are 23 players under par.
  • 12:26
    have a look at this putt from Spieth.
  • 12:26
  • 12:28
    Henrik Stenson, who won The Open two years ago, is on the first tee.
  • 12:33
    Brandon Stone, who almost shot a 59 last week, moves into second place at -4 thru 14.
  • 12:34
  • 12:36
    Kisner with just one dropped shot on the fifth ends his first round on -5 with a 66 and is the clubhouse leader. That's a good score as the wind appears to be picking up.
  • 12:38
    Kisner's leading 66 is one shot off his lowest career round in a major. That was a 65 in the third round of the US PGA in 2016.
  • 12:40
    The players are having no problem with length and are driving the 11th at the moment. That's 391 yards.
  • 12:43
    11th - Spieth (-2) is coming out of the long stuff and taking on the green. Incredible shot his ball pitches on a collar by the bunker and slows down leaings him with a birdies putt.
  • 12:45
    Rahm drops a shot at 10 to fall back to -1 for his second bogey of the day
  • 12:45
  • 12:47
    Mickelson shoots a 73 and ends his first round on +2. That was two over for the last three holes and a poor finish for him.
  • 12:48
    11th - Spieth sinks a 12 foot putt -the length Rory McIlroy cannot get - to make birdie and move to -3. Great approach from the rough rewards him there.
  • 12:49
  • 12:50
    There's a big cheer for Rory as he walks out of the tunnel at the first hole. He shakes hands with starter David Lancseter. Driver or blade off the first tee?
  • 12:51
    This is Rory's group...
  • 12:51
  • 12:53
    Finau, who dislocated his ankle at The Masters, drops a long, long putt from maybe 40 feet on nine to make the turn on -2
  • 12:55
    Rory McIlroy goes with driver. Atta a boy Rory. His long drive follows the camber of the fairway and inevitably into the bunker on the right. Difficult up and down for him at the first hole.
  • 12:56
  • 13:00
    Bogey on 11 for Fowler drops him back to level par as Zander Lombard moves to -4 thru 8 holes
  • 13:04
    Rory with one foot in the bunker and his other leg out finds the centre of the first green after his tee shot runs right into a greensdie bunker. Good effort. Down in two would be a sound start.
  • 13:07
    Four times major winner McIlroy just shaves the cup for a tap in par on the first hole. Meanwhile Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman tee off. Johnson bangs it up to the bunker McIlroy just came out of. But he satys out of the sand.
  • 13:10
  • 13:13
    13th- Spieth gets nicely out of the greenside bunker and sets up a par putt. Doing a great job so far of defending his title. Currently -3.
  • 13:15
    McIlroy(E) driver off the second splits the fairway. And its long. He has a wedge from there.
  • 13:22
    Jordan Pickford, the England goalkeeper is a guest on Sky. He plays off "15 on a good day."
  • 13:24
    McIlroy 124 yards from the pin goes in with a wedge at the second hole. Not 10 out of 10 for him, he has a 15 foot putt for birdie.
  • 13:25
    It's a good effort from 25 feet, not 15 and he taps in for birdie. McIlroy putts, McIlroy wins is the adage doing the rounds right now.
  • 13:28
    Brandon Stones closes with a 68 with a first round of -3. Good start for him and right up there two behind the leader Kevin Kisner on -5.
  • 13:30
    Spieth (-3)  on the par-5 14the hole has hit his second shot out of the rough onto the 15th tee, where his ball has hit a spectator's foot and stopped just off the 15th tee box.
  • 13:34
    Rory (E) goes through the green on 3. He has a shot back from whispy rough.
  • 13:35
  • 13:37
    Spieth (-3) hits the 14th green from the 15th tee box but he's not too happy. With a wedge in his hands he has left himself with a 20 foot putt. He expected more on that one.
  • 13:40

    McIlroy's drive through the 350 yard third green leaves him with a pitch back from the rough. He picks it off the top of the whispy grass and has a birdie putt coming up...Yes that's his first birdie of the day.


    McIlro is -1 thru three holes.

  • 13:45
    Molinari birdies the first hole. A man currently in a rich vein of form is many people's favourite this week. The Italian rolls in an eight foot putt for a strong opening.
  • 13:46
    For the big game watchers, Tiger tees off at 3.21.
  • 13:51
  • 13:54
  • 13:55
    McIlroy (-1) rolls in a long putt at the fourth for a safe tap in par.
  • 13:58
    What a start for Ryan Moore. The slimmed down version of Moore is -4 thru six holes and is in joint second place. He has gotten there with a run of three birdies in a row at 4, 5 and 6.
  • 14:00
    A nasty double bogey at 15 pushes Spieth back to -1
  • 14:02
  • 14:04
    Rahm is in good sahpe right now. He is -2 and on the green at 15 with an outside chance of a birdie.
  • 14:09
    Spieth after his double bogey has hit his iron way right at 16 and is in heavy rough. Chances are he will drop another shot, although it totally depends on his ly high up in the deep stuff.
  • 14:12
    5th - McIlroy attacks the pin but his ball pitches and jumps to the right and rolls down the hill off the green. A tidy up and down is required here. Spieth finds his ball on 16 way off line. But he makes a good job of it and hits the green.
  • 14:14
    Nicely done by McIlroy (-1) at the 5th. He uses the green well to pitch on and roll the ball to five feet. It is a tough short down hill putt though.
  • 14:18
    Oh no. How often do we see McIlroy fritter away shots with missed short putts. This was his first tester of the day at the fifth and it slides past. He falls back to level par and sets the tone for the rest of the round.
  • 14:20
    Tiger Woods has arrived on the course with KT tape on his neck. To you and I KT tape is a theraputic tape used by medics.
  • 14:23
    2007 Carnoustie - Winner Padraig Harrington with a score of -7. He's off in about half an hour from now.
  • 14:24
  • 14:31
  • 14:35
    In a half hour, Brittany Lincicome will become the 6th woman to tee it up on the PGA Tour at
  • 14:37
    Spieth (level) hits a shocker as his back nine continues to fall apart. His tee shot on 18 falls way out to the right and plobs into the water. That's like another dropped shot at least for the defending champion.
  • 14:40
    Rory misse anothers short one for birdie on th 6th hole. He looks around as if somebody screamed as he hit the ball. Still he remains level par and has missed his second short putt of his round.
  • 14:42
    Spieth drops out of the water on 18 after a poor tee shot that leaked wide right. From 3-under after the first 11 holes, he now has a 20 foot putt for par on the 18th to hold level par for his round.  
  • 14:44
    Finau is going well here thru 15 holes. The long hitter is enjoying the links and is T2 on -4 with Zander Lombard and and Erik van Rooyen.
  • 14:48
    Spieth out of the burn at 18 misses the long putt and that's four shots gone in the last four holes. Not a relaxed evening for him. He's +1 whe he should have been in minus figures.
  • 14:52
    McIlroy misses another birdie putt - his third short putt - and taps in for par. He's level par thru 7 holes.
  • 14:52
  • 14:54

    Sandy Lyle opens with +4 in what will likely be his final Open appearance since past champs are only exempt through age 60. Same rule ended Mark O’Meara’s Open career last year.



    Rahm ends on -2 for a round of 69.

  • 14:56
    "When you come off the win that I had you feel you are ready to conquer the world," South African Brandon Stone 9-3) after his 60 last week and 68 today at Carnoustie.
  • 14:57
    Tough day for 2 former Open  champs. David Duval shoots 80. Darren Clarke 82.
  • 14:59
    John O'Sullivan has consumed a fine and fulsome liquid lunch and returns for Harrington, Woods and McIlroy's ongoing struggle with his short putts.
  • 15:02
    Thanks Johnny. The partridge was lovely. McIlroy (level) makes par and peace with himself at the seventh after two missed putts from the four to five feet range at five and six.    
  • 15:04
    Defending champion Jordan Spieth (72), two under after nine returns home in three over par. It'll hurt because his troubles came from nowhere but once the collapse began with a double bogey, his play was ragged to the home green, including finding water off his tee shot on the 18th.    
  • 15:05
    McIlroy (level) finds the greenside bunker on the par three, eighth and he's got another tough putt for par, seven feet or so.  
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  • 15:11

    That's better from McIlroy (level) and a confidence boost as he rolls in that par putt. Take it and move on.  


    The 2007 and 2008 British Open champion, Ireland's Padraig Harrington makes an a par at the first. The Dubliner won the last time the tournament was staged at Carnoustie.    

  • 15:13
    The Australian Marc Leishman (-4) birdies the eighth, his fourth in the last six holes to move to within one of the leader, Kevin Kisner (66).  
  • 15:15
  • 15:20
    Tiger Woods is waiting to go on the first tee.  
  • 15:20
  • 15:20
    Double US Open champion Brooks Koepka (-1) drove the first green and two putted for birdie.  
  • 15:20
  • 15:21
    Woods is playing with the Irish Open champion, Russell Knox.  
  • 15:21
    McIlroy (level) launches a drive down nine that he hooks into the tree line.  
  • 15:22
    Woods takes an iron and splits the fairway, the only downside, a little dust in his eye.  
  • 15:24
    Zach Johnson (-3) the former Us Masters and British Open champion has made an excellent start through seven holes.  
  • 15:24
  • 15:25
    McIlroy (level) makes a fine par on the ninth. He's taken 36 shots to the turn, one birdie and one bogey. A tougher nine awaits.  
  • 15:26
    Par, par....Noddy's Car for Harrington (level) after two holes.  
  • 15:26
  • 15:27
    Finau (67) closes with a birdie.  
  • 15:28

    IRISH LEADERBOARD

    Level Dunne (71), McIlroy (9), Harrington (2)


    +3 Lowry (74)


    +11 Clarke (82)



  • 15:29
    Woods may be taped up (neck) with he's just hit a superb tee shot on the first followed by a glorious second to about nine feet. Birdie putt coming up.  
  • 15:31
    There are 36 players on one under par or better.  
  • 15:31
  • 15:32
    One of those is Padraig Harrington (-1) who birdies the third hole.  
  • 15:34
    Dustin Johnson (+1) hit his tee shot 408 yards down the ninth but his pitch was more like the 10 handicap variety.    
  • 15:35
    Woods (-1) rolls in a seven footer. Game on.  
  • 15:38
  • 15:39
    Leishman (-3) bogeys the ninth and is in the water at the 10th.  
  • 15:43
    Harrington (-1) has hit one in three fairways, one in three greens in regulation but he's one under.  
  • 15:44
    A twirl of the three wood tells you where Tiger's tee shot has gone on the second.
  • 15:44
  • 15:49
    Harrington (4) leads the Irish challenge on one under with Dunne (71), McIlroy (10) on level par.  
  • 15:50
    Leishman (-1) follows up a bogey on the ninth with a double on the 10th after visiting water down the right.  
  • 15:52
    Good day so far for South Africans and those who allow names in a game of Scrabble, Erik van Rooyen (67), Zander Lombard (67) and Brandon Stone (68).    
  • 15:55

    McIlroy (level) from what can only be described as pampas grass to the left of the 11th fairway plays a stunning shot that finishes about four feet from the hole.  


    It's all the threes for Justin Thomas (-3) 33 shots to the turn.  

  • 15:56
    Woods-mania calms down temporarily as he makes a par on the second. Silky smooth putting stroke from distance though. He's one under.  
  • 15:58
    There'll be teeth marks on McIroy's (level) putter grip. He lips out from four feet for birdie. 'Incroyable' as Jean van de Velde might say.    
  • 16:00
  • 16:01
    Leishman's (-2) last four holes: 2, 5, 6, 3. Two birdies, a double bogey and a bogey. Not dull that's for sure. He's playing with McIlroy.  
  • 16:01
  • 16:09
    Zach Johnson (level) throws in three bogeys around the turn on eight, nine and 10.  
  • 16:11
    Harrington (level) bogeys the fifth.  
  • 16:13
    There are 38 players under par and 68 on level or better.  
  • 16:16
    Woods (-1) with yet another iron off the tee on the fourth and finds the fairway. Koepka (-1) flies the green on the fifth by a good 20 yards.  
  • 16:17

    - 3 Justin Thomas


    -2 Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Russell Henley, Ryan Moore and Alex Noren are the players among the afternoon starters going well.  

  • 16:18
  • 16:22
    McIlroy (-1) holes from 25 feet for birdie on 12. The morale of this story seems to be that when he putts from distance he relies on feel and has been very assured in the round so far. When he putts from inside eight feet, maybe becomes a little too mechanical in orientation. Anyway it's a birdie.  
  • 16:24
    Woods (-2) with a gorgeous short iron into the fourth and converts the chance with a five foot birdie putt.    
  • 16:24
  • 16:26
    Leishman (-1) can't find a par at Carnoustie. Birdie, bogey, double bogey, birdie and bogey for the last five holes.  
  • 16:27
    Koepka (+1) with a double bogey on the sixth after airmailing the green with his second shot. He elected to putt from 30 yards through the back and then needed the blade three more times.
  • 16:28
    McIlroy (-1) will have about 13-feet for birdie at the par, three, 13th. Superb tee shot.    
  • 16:29
    Harrington (level) can't take advantage of the par five, sixth, eminently reachable in two shots.  
  • 16:31
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  • 16:32
    Thomas (-4) edges to within one shot of the lead with a birdie on the 11th.  
  • 16:35
    McIlroy (-1) takes driver down the par five, 14th and pulls it as he has done with several tee shots to the left. It all depends on the lie but it's a long way down.  
  • 16:36
    Stenson (-1) with back to back birdies on 14 and 15.  
  • 16:41
    Woods (-2) misses the green right with his second to five but then puts up a big slope and leaves it a millmetre short of dropping for birdie.  
  • 16:43
    McIlroy (-1) from 173 yards in the rough, demonstrates strength to muscle his second shot on the par five to about 20 feet. He'll have that for eagle.  
  • 16:44
    Harrington (level) taks on a couple of pars after a dropped shot at the fifth.  
  • 16:48
    McIlroy (-2) coaxes his eagle putt down to 18 inches for a kick-in birdie. He's three behind Kisner with four holes to go. Thomas (-3) drops a shot on the 12th following a three putt. Moore and Henley moves to three under.  
  • 16:50
    McIlroy (-2) will soon face in the notoriously difficult 16th (252 yards par three) 17th and 18th holes. He'd take two under at this point.  
  • 16:50
  • 16:51
    McIlroy (-2) tugs another tee shot left on the 15th. In heavy rough.  
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  • 17:00
  • 17:00
    McIlroy makes the green with his second from the rough at the 15th.  
  • 17:02

    Johnny Watterson has just walked into the tent looking like Lawrence of Arabia and he's ready to take you through your evening commute on the blog.  


    In more relevant news. Harrington (-1) birdies the eighth.  

  • 17:05
    And with that Tiger misses a birdie putt to go to -3. He's currently -2 thru 6 holes. Just while Bruce Koepka at the 8th takes three to get out of the greenside bunker, the first from his knees, the second a shank, the third his 4th shot, on the green.
  • 17:07
    Tiger hits a low stinger off the tee on 7. Beautiful to watch that is.
  • 17:09
    16th - an up turned saucer. Rory hits his iron over the 250 yard par 3. This will be a tricky up and down. Very difficult to stop the ball here. Scambling is at a premium.
  • 17:09
  • 17:12
    There are 40 players on one under par or better now that the breeze has died down, Rory, Tiger on -2 and Fowler, Harrington on -1.
  • 17:16
    Whow what a great par for Rory on 16. He left his pitch very short having gone over the green off the tee but he sinks a 15 foot putt for par. Thats a great save there says darren Clarke. Rory remains at -2.
  • 17:18
    I read last week in London about a marshall at the Scottish Open who called Poulter a pratt. The marshall happened to be a well know writer and said that Poulter abused him verbally when his ball went into the rough and he couldn't find it. The Englishman denied this happened. Poulter is no pratt surely be to god.
  • 17:20
    Tiger is -2 thru the first seven holes. He looks pretty relaxed, his birdie putt on the last hole just a little light. Tap in par though.
  • 17:22
  • 17:23
    Tiger on the 8th - 181 yards and his iron is safe on the green but 20 yards short of the pin. Going long is no option here.
  • 17:25
    By the way Paul Dunne's early level par round is still looking good for the Greystones player.
  • 17:26
    Koepka took three to get out of the sand. This was his first effort...
  • 17:26
  • 17:28
    And here is Rory saving par...
  • 17:28
  • 17:30
    Rory leaves his approach to 17 a little short into the wind. No real trouble to get down in 2. To walk away on 2-uder is a good first round.
  • 17:33
    Stenson ends his first round on -1. Again anything in red is a good first round score and still in touch with Kisner, who continues to lead on -5.
  • 17:34
    Great pace from McIlroy on his long putt at 17. It's never going in from short and off the greeen but it will be a sound par with just the 18th to play.
  • 17:40

    Rory (-2) hits fairway wood on 18. He doesn't want to go into the burn....and he doesn't. Nice bounce on the left side of the faiway kicks him back and he's in good position to hit a good point on the green.



    Tiger on the 9th is 240 yards out for his second shot. He doesn't like it in the air...because it's in the bunker.

  • 17:46
    Wedge into 18 from McIlroy leaves him with a birdie putt. Great control and to sink this for -3 would be a fitting end. He has played well even though he left a few early putts out on the course. McIlroy won the silver medal last time her was here in 2007.
  • 17:48
  • 17:51

    Good effort from Rory on 18 but no joy for the birdie. Just one mistake at the 5th and he is in the clubhouse on -2


    Tiger is -2 at the turn having just dropped a putt for par. A little of the old Tiger is on show today.

  • 17:52
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  • 17:58
    10th - Tiger (-2) in the fairway bunker must come out sideways. It will, be tough to save par now. It's 175 yards from the pin...and he hits it to 15 feet. There's a chance in that for par.
  • 18:03
    Dustin Johnston is falling out the back of the field. He hit OB on the 18th hole and has just missed a triple bogey putt for a 76. He's +5 for his first round and that is his tournsment finished unless he is spectacular in tomorrows second round.
  • 18:03
    Who is Barry Burns?
  • 18:05
    Tiger misses his longish par putt on 10 and drops one shot back to -1 with eight holes to play.
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  • 18:14
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  • 18:18
    OPEN TEE TIMES: Groups and starting times for the second round of The 147th Open at Carnoustie to follow...
  • 18:19
  • 18:20
    Tiger on the 11th drops a long putt for birdie. The king of bounce back gets back to -2.  
  • 18:24
    Butch Harmon is saying it is the old Tiger Woods, thinking right, hitting the right shots and sinking putts. Is Carmoustie going to be his redemption tournament?
  • 18:28
    "If anything I thought I was a touch more conservative that I thought I would be. I hung in there well and put it in the right parts when I needed to. The one thing I was just thinking about this week is just get (the putt) up to the hole." - Rory
  • 18:30
  • 18:36
    Koepka (+2) on the 503 yard 13th has banged one miles up. No more athan a 9-iron to the pin for him. Eagle possiblity.
  • 18:40
    There are 34 players under par.
  • 18:41
    Garcia ends his first round on +5 just like Dustin. He's probably out of the competition. He's 10 shots behind the leader Kisner on -5.
  • 18:49
    There is nobody threatening Kisner's 5-under par score. Tiger at -2 thru 12 holes is being patient and controlled. Tiger and a few others on -2 are the closest on the course to getting close to -5. Everyone better than -2 are in the clubhouse.
  • 18:53
    13 - birdie putt from Tiger (-2). He leaves it five feet short. He's been stroking it well so far with his different putter. So...it horseshoes out for him and he drops a shot back thru 13 holes.
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  • 18:58
    I just like this for some reason....
  • 18:59
  • 19:03
    Anyway there is still a lot of golf to play tonight and Tiger is being Tiger, with 5 holes to play,   and Rory is on -2 is still well in the mix with Kisner on a 5-under lead that does not look like being challenged. We are closing up for the night but will be back tomorrow morning with eaely bird John O'Sullivan. Here is the latest leaderboard. Have a good evening.
  • 19:06